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Last week I was doing safety checks on vehicles for “Crunch Time”. While removing a passenger side seat belt pretensioner from a 1995 VW Jetta, the pretensioner (non-electrical) deployed. Before I started the removal process, I confirmed that the battery was removed. I then cut the seat belt to reduce my exposure and then I removed the cable/exhaust tube from the rocker panel. Next I removed the bolt attaching the pretensioner from the B post. As I was maneuvering the pretensioner from the B post the pretensioner deployed. I had my helmet, eye protection and gloves on during deployment. First time in fifteen years that I had a SRS deploy on me.

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Do not take these tools for granted.I have had a few airbags go off on me just setting up for simple training scenarios.
There is a lot of care involved when it comes to these units. If you would like to shoot a line back and forth and talk that would be great.
Play Hard Train Safe !!


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